Our Glamping Trip in Sonoma County

Airstream Glamping in the California Redwoods

Phil and I were excited to be able to do two things we’d been longing for our ten year anniversary— A week away from our kids, and a trip to California! I already shared the cute a-frame cabin we stayed at during the second leg of our trip, but check out our third stop in Sebastapol! How cool is this Airstream trailer?

Our Glamping Hub hosts, Ene and Scott, are artists who’ve carved out a spot in the redwood forests for inspiring studio spaces, family living, and for hosting travelers like us. We enjoyed making meals in the spacious kitchen of their guesthouse, while returning from vineyard visits to enjoy drinks by the Airstream.

Glamping in the California Redwoods

Airstream Glamping in the California Redwoods

Glamping in the California Redwoods

A highlight of my trip was to be able to steal away for large chunks of time to catch up on my reading. Ene had supplied the kitchen with plenty of coffee for guzzling, so I indulged myself by leisurely sipping cup after cup while cuddling with Phil on this cozy sofa— books in our hands and a generous view of the redwoods across from us.

Did I mention we made pancakes every morning for breakfast? We’re obviously not ones to deprive ourselves while on a vacation. We also shamelessly made frozen pizzas for dinner, which we enjoyed on the private patio just off the living room of the guest house.

Glamping in the California Redwoods

Glamping in the California Redwoods

Glamping in the California Redwoods

Glamping in the California Redwoods

Check out the tree swing in the meadow by the Airstream trailer! We’ve got to get one of those for our new house. Made me feel like a kid again. (I’m talking about the swing, but man, wouldn’t it be great to have such a gem of a trailer?)

Airstream Glamping in the California Redwoods

Airstream Glamping in the California Redwoods

Airstream Glamping in the California Redwoods

Airstream Glamping in the California Redwoods

Airstream Glamping in the California Redwoods

Airstream Glamping in the California Redwoods

I was in awe of the beautiful wood-clad ceilings throughout the guest house. Ene indulged me in talking about the renovations she and Scott had completed at the house, which had been a far cry from the peaceful home it is now. I can really appreciate a renovation done right, and love that the California mid-century character of the home is still in tact.

Glamping in the California Redwoods

One thing that shocked us about our visit was how much change we experienced just driving one hour across one end of Sonoma County to the other. We started on the Pacific coast in Bodega Bay (site of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds!), where we shivered against the cold breezes of the bay as we licked ice cream cones, as any good Ohioan would do.

Phil drove up the rocky coastline of Highway 1, listening to my reminders to keep his eyes on the windy road, as I soaked in the magnificent flower-speckled cliffs I had only seen in the movies, but had never seemed real to me until that moment. Driving eastward, we drove through charming California towns with no cell reception, and then into the rolling hills of Sonoma that resembled the Italian countryside (or at least what I imagine it is like). I observed that the cows in California do appear happier than the ones we have back at home. :)

Bodega Bay

Ene showed us the guestbook which included a treasure trove of vineyard recommendations from sommeliers who’ve shared wine-wisdom for the benefit of future guests, like Phil and myself. We don’t claim to be wine connoisseurs by any means, though I do like to think I know a quality glass of wine when I taste it! But for me, my experience in Sonoma County was as much about the sights as it was about the wine— if not moreso.

I had selected a vineyard in the heart of Sonoma, near the town center, specifically because of how beautiful the grounds looked in photos. Perhaps a vapid reason for selecting a vineyard to visit, but we were fortunately not disappointed by our visit to Scribe Winery! Phil said it was his favorite part of our trip, being in such a beautiful, relaxing space for an enjoyable wine tasting experience.

Scribe Winery

We’d love to get back to California one day soon, and plan to carve out more time for wine tasting and exploring the natural landscapes of the region. I was disappointed that our visit was a week too soon to rent canoes to take out on the Russian River during a weekday. But that just gives us something new to look forward to next time, eh?

Thank you for hosting us, Ene and Scott! Be sure to check out their rental listing at Glamping Hub. Phil and I really enjoyed our time we spent at their peaceful home in the redwoods.

Glamping In Big Bear Lake, California

Modern Big Bear Lake Rental Cabin

I always thought California would be such a cool place to visit. But so, so far away, the idea of visiting intimidated someone like me who isn’t exactly well-traveled. It turns out, though, that I was right! California is so cool! And I got to see so much of it in my recent trip with Glamping Hub.

I flew from Ohio to LAX, met up with three of my dearest friends, and drove up through the mountains to Big Bear Lake, where we had the chance to stay in this amazing mid century cabin. We enjoyed the view of the mountains and forest, but also the amenities of a modern home with civilization just down the road. What a fun trip it was!

Modern Big Bear Lake Rental Cabin

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

If this place seems pretty grand for a cabin, well, that’s because it is. The airy great room and openness of the stairs and walkways makes the home feel airy and modern. But somehow it felt cozy and homey as well. My idea of a mountain cabin, that’s for sure!

We played games, cooked food together, explored the town and antique shops, soaked in the hot tub, and tried to watch movies (inevitably talking overtook the movie-watching experience.) Such a couple couple of days in Big Bear, and a perfect way to recharge without kids or responsibilities to worry about for a bit.

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

This was actually my first experience flying alone, renting a car alone, and organizing a trip on my own. I guess this is what being a grown-up is like! Ha! It was a great experience, and working with Glamping Hub to find cool places to stay in California made the experience even more exciting. The hosts of the cabin were very helpful, providing useful information about the house we were staying in, and the best places to visit in the area. I’d love to head back soon, and am already planning my return!

After staying in Big Bear, we drove up the Pacific coast to Sonoma, which was also quite an experience. I’ll share more about that part of the trip soon. For now, check out how cool this cabin is! And you can book a visit this this Big Bear Lake cabin right here, if you’re interested.

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

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Glamping in Big Bear Lake, California

A Visit To: Glamping Hub New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Everyone said, “Try to get out of the house when the baby comes.” So, naturally I got out of the house, packed up the car, and drove to the woods in upstate New York to spend a few days with my girls. I don’t think that’s what everyone meant by their “get out of the house” advice, but it sure was just what I needed!

As I mentioned last week, I was invited by Glamping Hub to spend a couple of nights in one of their locations. They offer luxury tents, yurts, trailers, vans, and even tipis. But since the weather is unpredictable this time of year, I settled on this location, and I’m so glad I did! Not only because it was rainy most of the trip, but also because the location was so charming and the interior of the treehouse style cabin made me feel 100% cooler than I actually am. We had such a fun time!

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

It’s always been a dream of mine to have a home with a sunken living room. While I haven’t actually owned a home like this (yet), I was able to experience it at the treehouse. Now I’m even more convinced that I’d like this feature in a home someday. So cozy! The perfect conversation pit with a wood burning stove and projector system for movie watching.

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

The cabin also houses a collection of 250 records for guests to enjoy. Well, 252 records now, since my friends and I pitched in to add a couple to their collection- The Black Keys’ Rubber Factory (sharing some local Ohio love) and Wilco’s Star Wars. We enjoyed selecting different albums to create a soundtrack to our trip.

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

We enjoyed visiting the cute little town of Beacon, NY during our stay, and brought back Thai food one night, and Mexican another. The kitchen did come equipped with plenty of pots, pans, and whatnot to make our own food, but it was nice to not have to worry about it for a couple of days.

https://glampinghub.com/portal/staycations-north-america/

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

My friends and I had a really nice time just spending time together with no agenda. We encouraged each other, loved on each other, and just had fun playing games and laughing. It was an inspiring time. And I’m not just talking about how I’m now inspired to find these exact chairs for my dining room at home, and am even more obsessed with the sunken living room idea. It’s just good to get away, away from computers and the daily grind, and feel recharged spiritually and creatively.

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Glamping Hub Treehouse Lovenest in upstate New York

Thanks Glamping Hub, and thanks to the owners of the Lovenest! I hope we were able to send some positive energy into your space during our stay.

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